Program & Facility Information

Place-based nature education in Billings

Nature Nuts:

Nature exploration comes naturally, especially for little kids! Children aged 1 to 4 (and an accompanying adult) join Montana Audubon teacher naturalists for guided outdoor play and learning about the local area.

Nature Nuts occurs every Tuesday, year-round, from 10-11 am. No registration required.

Cost: $6/pair, FREE for members. Different theme each week!

Public and Family Programs:

We do a variety of family-friendly public programs at the Center. Programs are FREE for members or at the rates listed below.

Open House Hours

***Saturday Open House Hours Extended through October. Come out and enjoy autumn at the Center.***

Explore and enjoy the great outdoors! Borrow one of five themed nature knapsacks with field guides and equipment. Take a hike around our 3three miles of nature trails. Or rent a canoe for a paddle around the pond ($10/hr or FREE for members). Then cool off indoors while you make a nature-inspired craft and chat with our Naturalists.

September through April: Every Saturday from 9am – 2pm

Weekend Wonders

Naturalist-led program on the 3rd Sunday of every month, 3 – 4:30pm. Advance registration preferred. $5/person.

September 17th: Mysterious Macroinvertebrates

October 15th – Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes

November 19th – Terrific Turkeys

December 17th – Winter Wonderland

Saturday Morning Bird Strolls

Enjoy cool summer mornings by the river and learn a few birds while you’re there. Great for beginning birders. $10/person, $5/child under 12. Binoculars and guidebooks available to check out, families welcome! Registration preferred, call 406-294-5099.

August 26th and Sept 9th 7:00 – 9:00am, every 2nd Saturday of the month from October to March from 7:30-9:30am.

Bat Night Hikes

Dive into the mesmerizing world of bats! Join Megan O’Reilly from Fish, Wildlife and Parks to learn cool bat facts, then head out with special acoustic equipment to find them. FREE for all.

Due to their popularity this summer, we’ll be adding additional bat programs for Fall 2017. Stay tuned!

Birthday Parties:

Click on the button to view our Birthday Party options — from canoeing to forest games to catching bugs!

Break Camps:

Day off from school? Spend it outside! Montana Audubon Center break camps are built on the same structure as our summer camps: plenty of adventure and exploration in a safe, fun outdoor environment. All camps are held on-site at the Center and adjacent public lands and trails. Programming is diverse and educationally relevant. Back-t0-back camps or those that bookend a weekend are designed for students to attend one OR all in the series.

October 19/20, Nov 2-3 (1/2 day), Jan 15, Feb 9/12, March 29/30/2, April 9, May 4

$60/camper, $54 for members.

Scholarships available for up to 90% of cost. Call to inquire.

Register here!

Afterschool Adventures in Nature:

After school is a great time to get outside! Our afterschool instructors guide students in outdoor exploration and learning about the natural world. Plenty of fun to be had and a great way to end a day in the classroom.

Fall session: Wednesdays, Sept 20 – Nov 15 from 3:30 – 5:30pm

$80/student (10% discount for members)

Before-class care available from 3pm on ($20 additional fee)

K – 2nd grade: Fabulous Fall! We’ll have the kids collecting leaves, making leaf crowns and gnome homes, investigating animals, and getting plenty of fresh air and free play outdoors.

3rd – 6th grade: Fishing and Fort Building. This perpetual Center summer camp favorite is back in an afterschool setting. Make fishing poles, learn knots, build forts, go canoeing, and maybe catch a few fish while we’re at it.

Registration required here.

Fledglings Nature Preschool:

One of the first nature preschools in Montana and the first in the Billings area, Fledglings Nature Preschool is founded on the idea that kids learn best through play and hands-on experiences.

Our 2017-2018 classes are full. Registration for the 2018-2019 school year opens March 1, 2018. Call to inquire or to set up a tour.

Montana Master Naturalist:

*NOTE: our Fall 2017 course is no longer available, though we will be offering another in the Spring. Stay tuned for more details.

The Montana Master Naturalist Program is designed for adults who want to stoke their curiosity and deepen their knowledge of the natural world. We’ll cover everything from birds to insects to geology and plant ID. You’ll hone your naturalist skills as we practice journaling, animal tracking, and observation in the outdoors. Offered in Billings independently for 5 years, the Montana Audubon Center is proud to bring this program in as the cornerstone of our adult programming.

Professional certification available in partnership with the Montana Natural History Center.

OPI credits available on request.

Home School Science Classes:

Join the Center staff for inquiry-based, interdisciplinary, student-centered science and nature exploration at Billings’ only place-based nature education facility. We’ll explore different themes during five sessions, which each include 14 hours of instruction.

Programs occur on Mondays and Thursdays.

2017-2018 program:

Autumn: Sept 18 – Nov 9, 2:00-3:45pm: Fall Into Plants

Winter I: Nov 27 – Dec 21, 9:00am – 12:30pm: Earth, Wind, Water, Fire

Winter II: Jan 8 – March 1, 2:00-3:45pm: Mad Scientist

Spring I: March 5 – March 29, 9:00 – 12:30pm: What’s Up, The Sky!

Spring II: April 2 – May 24, 2:00-3:45pm: Bug Out!


Facility Rental:

Looking for a unique place to hold an event? The Center’s 3200 square feet of indoor space and access to the trails and gardens of our campus are a great location for a business retreat, family party, or community meeting. Click on button for more details.

Summer Camps:

Thanks for making our 2017 Summer Camp season a success! We’re looking forward to next year’s camps…stay tuned for details.

Get Outside Montana:

2016 was the 5th and final year for Get Outside Montana. This community-wide partnership event featured a summer-activity passport along with prizes for participation. While the official passport program is over, we encourage you to visit any of the partner sites to see what they have on tap for their summer programs.

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